Here at FashionBeans, we aim to provide our readers with the very best men’s fashion coverage, guides and inspiration daily. However, this is only possible due to the support of our advertisers. These loyal brands, big and small, who truly believe in both our vision and ethos, allow us to continue to provide you with the level of service and dedication you have come to expect from the website.
With this in mind, today I am going to feature some of the lesser known, independent retailers who sponsor us – all of whom are staunch FashionBeans supporters – and collate a selection of products that they think we should be adding to our Christmas list this year. After all, who knows their product range better than them?
So below you will find two types of product from each retailer – a stocking filler and ‘main’ present – which will hopefully make buying those last minute presents (or suggestions for your own) a whole lot easier.
A long term FashionBeans advocate and sponsor, Chatsubo was formed by two brothers with a vision to create an online menswear destination that replicates the experience of browsing your favourite menswear boutique. Providing a true ’boutique’ feel, their brand selection is extremely well considered, and features only the highest quality labels that offer something unique. This is the antithesis of mass produced menswear.
Brands include the likes of Wood Wood, Common Projects, Surface To Air and Brooklyn We Go Hard.
Perks & Mini “Toastmaster Sock”: £40.00.
We all know that socks are not the most ‘sexy’ of Christmas gifts, but a great pair can instantly upgrade any outfit. The majority of men still neglect the finishing touches and details that will take their personal style to the next level, but this just means it is easier for the FashionBeans man to stand out from the crowd.
These Toastmaster Socks by PAM make a welcome change from your typical winter versions, and come in an edgy knee-height cut that will allow you to pair them with boots just as easily as formal shoes. It also means you can utilise them throughout the year – why not give your spring/summer shorts a twist (shown above) as we progress into SS13?
Made using a high quality jacquard weave, the subtle yet striking pattern is sure to get you noticed. Available in medium (UK sizes 8 to 10) and large (UK sizes 10 to 12).
Reigning Champ “Alpine Parka”: £275.00.
Regular readers will know just how popular the parka jacket is this season. Becoming a trend within its own right, it also has a place within the key heritage, workwear and military looks for AW12. This Reigning Champ version steps away from the traditional silhouette, which perfect for those wanting to get in on the trend whilst still standing out from the masses.
Coming in a shorter cut, it is both stylish and practical due to the superb construction techniques and fabrics utilised. Lightweight and breathable for when it warms up, it also has a 3M waterproof coating and storm flap for when you get caught in the inevitable rain storm.
This technical jacket is available in sizes from small to extra large (fits true to size). The Reigning Champ tag-line is “superior quality, fit and design”, which is evident in this highly detailed garment.
A company that is committed to providing excellence service and the highest quality men’s grooming products available, Niven & Joshua are also the guys behind the brilliant Ape to Gentleman blog – proving they have the knowledge and expertise to back-up their stella product range.
Stocking premium brands like Molton Brown and Elemis, as well as traditional collections from specialists such as Merkur, Geo F Trumper and Taylor of Old Bond Street (all featured in Duncan’s recent upgrade your grooming routine articles), you are sure to find everything you need to take your current regime to the next level.
Since 1875 and 6 Royal Warrants later, Geo F Trumper know a thing or two about shaving cream. Made with fresh coconut, their Coconut Oil Shaving Cream is Glycerine based and highly concentrated, resulting in a thick, rich and creamy lather. The nourishing formula ensures a close yet comfortable shave leaving skin soft, smooth, hydrated and irritation free.
When it comes to Christmas gifting, Molton Brown are exceptional; their Atlas Shower Gel Gift Set is ideal for any man and contains a selection of their best selling bodywashes.
From fresh scents to those full of fire, it includes one of FashionBeans’ all-time top 10 grooming products – the Re-charge Black Pepper Body Wash. The set comes gift wrapped as pictured and contains 100ml sizes of the following bath and shower gels:
Leading luxury men’s jewellery designer Stephen Einhorn creates cutting-edge jewellery that is “designed for individuals who seek originality, exclusivity, high quality craftsmanship”. His classic collections continually expand, allowing his customers to become collectors.
Hand made in his London workshops using the highest quality precious metals; the range is both masculine and incredibly distinctive.
With a focus on bespoke jewellery and original designs, Stephen has become renowned in the industry for creating forward thinking pieces that are both innovative and highly wearable. This has enabled him to gather quite a loyal following over the last 17 years.
Stephen Einhorn Skull Bottle Opener Keyring: From £33.00.
If this brilliant Skull bottle opener keyring was buried to be later excavated by future generations, they would marvel at the exquisite workmanship, and cleverness of design. How clever they were ‘back then’ they would think. I wish somebody would make these again; it would make such a brilliant present…
Comes in either polished brass or zinc-aluminium. Prices start from £33.
Stephen Einhorn Men’s Snap Bracelet: From £171.00.
This understated luxe leather Snap bracelet is one of our favourite Christmas gift ideas. Totally versatile – it would be the perfect addition to a laid-back, off duty look but would also add a considered touch of texture to workday attire.
This design can be made in a variety of solid precious metal options and with either brown or black leather cord. Prices start from £171.
Goodstead is Scotland’s leading contemporary fashion store for men and women. Based in the heart of Edinburgh, Goodstead offer a fine selection of brands from around the globe including APC, Barbour, Folk, Henrik Vibskov, Norse Projects, Yuketen, Wood Wood and many more.
For those of you who live in and around Edinburgh, we highly recommend you take a visit to the physical store, which is located at 76 Rose Street. You are sure to find a friendly atmosphere and staff that are only too happy to help you find the perfect pieces you need for your wardrobe.
Stighlorgan Lucas Lanyard: £24.95.
Although a lanyard is an unconventional fashion accessory, it is the type of item that could help individualise your look effortlessly. This particular version is extremely affordable and oozes masculinity due to its heavyweight, chunky rope construction. Also features leather end cap detailing, a well executed logo and a polished steel buckle.
Overall, it is a well thought out accessory that is both practical and perfect for any masculine workwear or outdoors inspired looks you may want to create this season.
Fjall Raven Yupik Parka Navy: £349.95.
As previously mentioned, the parka is definitely experiencing a resurgence this AW12, and this Fjall Raven Yupik is a superb version that has a real sense of authenticity.
It features classic parka detailing, such warm synthetic fur trimming that is designed to protect against snowstorms, a selection of useful front flap pockets and velcro adjustments at the sleeve cuffs – another practical addition that allows you to keep warmth in during the colder winter season.
Coming in a timeless navy colourway, this would be a versatile addition to any capsule wardrobe, and is built to last. You will be getting great use out of this coat for many more autumn/winter’s to come!
Contemporary touches have not been neglected, with the excellent addition of a media player pocket on the sleeve of the parka, making it easy for you to listen to your iPod on the morning commute.
Available in sizes small to x-large, it runs true to size.
Jacks of London is ‘The Home of Male Grooming’, offering a carefully selected range of tried and tested grooming products for the modern man. With all the top ranges in hair care, skin care, shaving, body care and accessories they can help you get groomed from head to toe, as well as offering you access to advice and tips from their team of expert grooming guru’s.
Jackmalegrooming.com stock a wide range of leading men’s brands from Jack Black and Baxter of California to Fudge and American Crew. With 15 years experience in the male grooming industry and 6 stores across the country they really do know their stuff.
If Sweeney Todd has you quivering behind the sofa then this product probably isn’t for you. But as the time-old tradition of cut-throat shaving makes a comeback, you no longer have to place your trust in your friendly, local barber – you can do it yourself!
This modern take on an old classic, offers up a double edged, wet-shave experience at a fantastic price. Presented in a plastic clip case, this stylish replaceable blade shavette features the distinctive Bluebeards logo on the handle and the metal blade holder is laser etched with the Bluebeards skull. With the art of traditional cut-throat shaving making a revival (most recently in the Bond movie Skyfall), it shows that sometimes the old method is still best.
Thankfully Jacks Male Grooming has put an end to the ‘hard-to-buy-for guy’ dilemma, with an inspirational collection of Christmas gifts just for men. The 12 Men of Christmas gift packs cater for all personalities – from the True Gent to the Sports Addict – ensuring that when the wrapping paper comes off this year, the smiles and repeated offers of thanks will actually be genuine rather than feigned!
All their Christmas packs come bundled together and gift-wrapped in a luxury black, branded, magnetic gift box together with a tailored 12 Men of Christmas gift tag. Featuring top grooming brands such as Jack Black, American Crew, Bluebeards Revenge and Somerset, these Christmas gift packs for men have got shaving, styling and skincare all wrapped up.
So all that’s left to decide is, who’s it for?